Welcome from the President
Over the years IFSC has worked hard with likeminded groups to raise awareness of global surgery and in particular the need to improve emergency surgical and anaesthesia care in LMICs. In 2015 all our efforts culminated at the World Health Assembly in Geneva when a Resolution was unanimously passed on “Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage”. This was a major achievement.
IFSC is a voice for global surgery with a particular focus on education and training, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa where the needs are greatest. One implication of the above Resolution is the need to dramatically increase the capacity of those undertaking surgery which will mean rapidly scaling up surgical education and training. IFSC is in a position to support such endeavours and is keen to do so by working in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and many other organisations such as the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care – The G4 Alliance, of which the IFSC was delighted to be a founder member.
I have personally been involved in running surgical training Courses in s-SA for 18 years and since 2010 have designed the “Management of Surgical Emergencies Course” which we ran in Lusaka, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya in partnership with the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). We have also been involved in developing the “International Cambridge Anastomosis Workshops” and six have now been conducted in the COSECSA Region. We are designing a 1 year course in Emergency Surgery for Assistant Medical Officers at the Tanzania Training Centre for International Health, Ifakara which, incidentally, was one of the 8 cities in the world chosen for the Safe Surgery Saves Lives campaign. We now hope to pilot this in 2018 and if successful it could be a blueprint for LMICs elsewhere. At every training Course I present the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Checklist.
We hope to liaise with many of you who share our aim of increasing safe surgical care in situations where it is desperately needed. This is a very exciting time with prospects for the Federation.
Robert HS Lane MS, FRCS Eng, FRCS Ed (ad.hom), FACS, FWACS (Hon), FCS (ECSA)
Immediate Past President & Permanent Representative of IFSC to the World Health Organization
Professor S.W.A. Gunn, MD, DSc(Hon), FRCSC, FRCSI (Hon), Dr h c
Paul Gartell – MS, FRCS
Abebe Bekele, MD, FCS. Associate Professor of Surgery, General & Thoracic Surgeon, Dean, School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University
Chairman, Education and Research Committee
JS (Fanus) Dreyer MBChB(Stell), MMed(Surg), FCS(SA), FRCSEd, FCS(ECSA), M.Ed(Lond)
Mrs Bhavnita Patel BA (Hons)